The more time I spend in jiujitsu, the more I think about how best to create a school culture. I’ve been lucky to learn from a lot of amazing people, and while each gym is different, the best ones have a set of core values — often implicit. I wanted to make those values explicit, so I came up with this.
What do you think? What’s missing?
We believe that jiujitsu is for everyone. Not everyone has the same goals or the same ceiling, but everyone can improve their life by training.
We believe in constant improvement. Everyone in your life knows something that you don’t. Every person on the mat can help you get better at something.
We believe in being good training partners. Your training partner is the most important person in the gym. Train so both people get something out of the class.
We believe in training hard and training smart. If we never spar hard, we don’t get all the benefits jiujitsu offers as an “alive” martial art. If we treat every sparring round like the finals at the world championships, we sacrifice technical understanding and risk injury. Train hard. Train smart.
We believe in jiujitsu for self defense, jiujitsu for sport, and jiujitsu for life. This art will help you reach your goals — and if you pay attention to the fundamentals, you can succeed in all the areas of jiujitsu.
We believe that jiujitsu is for everyone. This is important, so we’re saying it again. Everyone is welcome here.